Ms. Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper

Ms. Emma Cooper

Postgraduate research student

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First year doctoral student with London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. Current research focusing on ice sheet deglaciation, palaeoclimate and palaeo-lake evolution at sites in Patagonian Chile (44-45oS). 


Millennial- scale Patagonian Ice Sheet (PIS) reconstructions have improved our understanding of Southern Hemisphere climate and glacier dynamics. Nevertheless, these techniques do not capture periods of rapid climate change operating at sub-centennial timescales (Bendle et al., 2019), nor can they elucidate the role of local versus regional controls on glacier retreat, re-advance, and ice-marginal processes. In particular, a lack of high-resolution archives limits the accuracy of palaeo-ice sheet reconstructions. Glaciolacustrine varves (annually laminated sediments) offer the potential to improve our understanding of glacier response to periods of rapid climate change and ice-marginal dynamics through the generation of chronologies at centennial, decadal and interannual resolutions. This project aims to (1) understand geomorphological evolution in the Cisnes- Ñirehuao- Toqui basins since the local Last Glacial Maximum, (2) to investigate, understand and document the response of Patagonian palaeo- glaciers to Southern Hemisphere climate forcing during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition (LGIT), and (3) to elucidate the drivers behind Patagonian Ice Sheet response to periods of rapid climate change during the LGIT.

Educational background

PhD, Department of Geography (2018-2022)- Royal Holloway, University of London

Thesis (RHUL): 'Patagonian Ice Sheet deglaciation and palaeo-lake evolution at 44-45oS'.

MSc, Climate Change (2016-2017)- University College London

Dissertation (UCL): 'Revisiting the 8.2 kyr event: abrupt deglacial climate change and ocean circulation from the northern North Atlantic'.

BSc, Physical Geography (2013-2016)- Royal Holloway, University of London

Dissertation (RHUL, BAS): 'Distinguishing Polar Diamictons: a quantitative marine core analysis, the Amundsen Sea Sector, West Antarctica'.

Other work

Research Assistant, (Sept-Dec 2017)- University College London

Work on RAPID-17-5P. A marine core that was collected from the Iceland Basin (S-Iceland) as part of the RAPID Climate Change programme. Sample preparation for sortable silt analysis, planktic foraminifera counts/ benthic picking for stable isotopes.

Laboratory Volunteer, (2017)- University College London

Plant macrofossil picking, sorting and identification from lake sediments for NERC Hydroscape project.

Placement, (Aug, 2015)- British Antarctic Survey

Student placement with Dr James Smith (Palaeo-Ice Sheets Working Group). Data manipulation (core properties data), sediment description, (sub)sampling and x-radiograph interpretation.

Research interests

  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Sedimentology
  • Ice sheet reconstruction
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochronology
  • Palaeoceangraphy



Twitter: @emlcpeer

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